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“Because of my involvement in Junior Achievement, I learned there was nothing I couldn’t do.”

 By Sarah Koci Scheilz

Corporate Responsibility

“At the time, I had no idea what Junior Achievement was setting me up for,” Shelley McNair recalls. Today she’s the Director of Sales Support and Account Management at Principal Financial Group — but Shelley still remembers the vital lessons she learned in her JA program years ago as a student. “Because of my involvement in Junior Achievement, I learned there was nothing I couldn’t do,” Shelley...

"I feel like I’m going to do better in life now.”

 By Sarah Koci Scheilz

Work Readiness

Last school year, as a fifth grader at T. A. Edison Elementary, Ava Guerra participated in Junior Achievement with JA President & CEO, Megan Sturges Stanfield, as her volunteer mentor. “I knew my family and friends believed in me,” Ava says. “Now I know Miss Megan believes in me...

“It’s a needed service for a community that’s underserved.”

 By Sarah Koci Scheilz

Corporate Responsibility

Eli Colmenero’s first experience with Junior Achievement was during a volunteer day at MarksNelson. With his team at MarksNelson, Eli was excited to head out of the office with a group of his colleagues and spend the day making an impact for Junior Achievement kids. While they volunteered behind the scenes, they made a difference on the front...

“My Junior Achievement experiences have given me an appreciation for what I do now."

 By Sarah Koci Scheilz

Community Involvement

Junior Achievement has been part of Kate Hood’s life in so many ways. From being first a JA student, to hosting JA volunteers in her classroom as a teacher, and finally becoming a member of the JA staff here in Kansas City, Kate has seen many angles of Junior Achievement and experienced great positive change along the...

"We're going to make JA a regular part of our culture."

 By Sarah Koci Scheilz

Corporate Responsibility

As a parent of children on their way to adulthood, the mission of Junior Achievement resonated with Jon Pahl instantly. “As a dad, I’m making sure my kids are prepared for life in a lot of different ways from their career to interacting with people and being good citizens. Schools just can’t get to that all the time and that’s where Junior Achievement fills such a gap,” he says. “And so I fell in...

"Junior Achievement established the foundation that I’m still building on today."

 By Sarah Koci Scheilz

Community Involvement

Today, Tremaine Duarte is a Trust Officer and Relationship Manager at UMB Bank — and he can pinpoint where his career aspirations started: right in his own Junior Achievement classroom. As a freshman at Northeast High School, his economics teacher utilized the JA curriculum. “That opened up my eyes to an opportunity in the banking industry and helped me identify the career that I was interested...

JA Volunteers Help Take a Student to the Next Level

 By Sarah Koci Scheilz

Work Readiness

Architecture and design firm Gould Evans is known for their projects with Cerner and Garmin — but their team in Kansas City is also focused on education. “Our goal is to try to shape and mold good futures,” says Jay Currie Campbell, Gould Evans associate. And the team at Gould Evans continues these efforts by volunteering with Junior...

“It’s really rewarding to see JA students who have real questions”

 By Sara Koci Scheilz

Community Involvement

According to a study by the Bank of America, only 16% of youth ages 18-26 are optimistic about their financial future. Amanda Campbell, Financial Advisor at Modern Horizons Wealth Advisors, is taking a hands-on approach to changing this statistic by volunteering with Junior...

“Having that opportunity to mentor is instrumental”

 By Sara Koci Scheilz

Community Involvement

Serving as a mentor to young women is close to Joelsette Hernandez-Jones’ heart — because she knows what it’s like to grow up without one. “When I was growing up, I didn't have any mentors,” Joelsette shares. “I came from a broken, abusive family. My goal was to always help my mom with my sisters in any way I could.” So she jumped at the chance to volunteer as a mentor at Junior Achievement’s...

JA Helps Create a Ripple Effect in the Community

 By Sara Koci Scheilz

Community Involvement

As both the (former) Principal of Tomahawk Elementary School and Executive Director of the Cloud L. Cray Foundation, Brian Watson greatly values financial literacy and economic education for kids from grades K-12. “Every kid, every family needs to learn about commerce, finance, and how money works and can work for them,” Brian says. It’s this passion that drives the commitment to Junior...



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